Storytimes

Smart kids start here.

The Grand Rapids Public Library offers fun and educational storytimes for children ages birth – 5 years old.

In the interest of public safety, GRPL has canceled all in-person storytimes through March 2022.

Family Time

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 18 months to 5 years to this storytime featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and hands-on fun. Classes end with a creative art activity. Attendance is limited to 20 attendees at our Main Library and 15 attendees at our Yankee Clipper Branch to ensure safe social distancing. Masks required for all attendees ages 2 and above. 

In the interest of public safety, GRPL has canceled all in-person storytimes through March 2022.

Virtual Family Time

Join GRPL on Zoom for a special virtual edition of our Family Time series. Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their children ages 18 months to 5 years to this online storytime featuring great books, songs, fingerplays, and fun. Registration required.

Wednesdays, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
10:30 am | Zoom

Questions? Call 1.616.988.5400 or email virtual@grpl.org.

Spring Fun on the Lawn

Join us for outside fun! Come sing, dance, and play outside on our Library on the Lawn. For ages 0-5. Weather permitting.

Mondays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
10:30 am  | Main Library –  111 Library Street NE

Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022
10:30 am | Seymour Branch – 2350 Eastern SE

Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28
10:30 am | Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

Vamos a Leer!

This storytime, in collaboration with Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH), Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension celebrates the power of being bilingual and hispanic heritage. The stories we share will be read in both Spanish and English. 

Vamos a Leer! en Español

Esta hora de cuentacuentos, en colaboración con la Biblioteca Pública de Grand Rapids (GRPL), Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH) [Artes y Humanidades de la Avenida Grandville], Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), LINC UP, and MSU Extension [Extensión de la Universidad del Estado de Michigan], celebra el poder de ser bilingüe y la Herencia Hispana. Se leerán los cuentos que compartiremos en español e inglés.

Spanish Storytimes with the Cook Library Center

These Spanish storytimes feature books read by members of the community. Let your imagination soar and have some fun en español.

Hora de cuentos en español con el Centro de la Biblioteca Cook

Estas horas de cuentos ofrecerán libros e historias de cordones leídos por miembros de la comunidad. Deja volar tu imaginación y diviértete en español.

Phone-a-Story

Call the library’s Phone-A-Story line each week to hear a new story read aloud by a GRPL Youth Librarian. Listen  to pre-recorded stories, songs, and rhymes in English or Spanish. This service is accessible 24/7. Dial 616-988-5494 and follow the directions when prompted.

Phone-a-Story en Español

Llame a la línea de “Un Cuento Por Teléfono” de la biblioteca cada semana para escuchar una nueva historia leída en voz alta por un bibliotecario juvenil de GRPL. Escuche historias, canciones y rimas pregrabadas en inglés o español. Este servicio es accesible 24/7. Marque 616-988-5494 y siga las instrucciones cuando se le solicite.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 26

Virtual Family Time

January 26 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
Apr 04

Spring Fun on the Lawn | Main Library

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Apr 06